Some random - but interesting – facts
- The human brain is 60% fat.
- The element essential for all life is . . . . carbon.
- In Britain in 1950-51, only 6% of 17-19s entered higher education. By 2014, it was 47%.
- Between the same dates, owner-occupied households rose from 29 to 69%.
- And children out of wedlock (or 'bastards', as they used to be known) from 5 to 46%
- While criminal convictions rose from a mere 17,100 to 352,000.
Hard as it may be to believe, this is not a description of Spain: A country still recovering from a financial and moral crisis spurred by endemic croneyism. Where there is a dysfunction of an entire political culture in which the practice of of politics became about the spoils of the system. No, not Spain but . . . Ireland.
Which reminds me . . .
- A Valencian ex-banker and politician was arrested earlier week as part of an investigation into unlawful activities connected with 2 local banks. The chap in question was president of the Valencian Community in 2002 and 2003, as well as president of both banks. According to El País: Rampant political corruption has resulted in the plundering of an estimated €12.5 billion from public coffers.
- The ex-president of Burberry has paid €31m to to the Spanish tax office to avoid prison.
|Another misty dawn.|
|The riverside at night. Obviously.|